After an absence of a year and a half, a reboot, and a renaming is overdue.
In the past, I shared a slice of life each week, with a daily bit of bible reflection. It was a lot more work than imagined, with a longer show than I wanted to present. On this go round, I still have it as a goal to post something on a weekly basis. It just won’t be something as ambitious as racing through the bible in a year.
It’s one thing to read, and absorb, but more work to take notes, and even more to turn around to share it in a coherent way in public.
My goal is to be brief. In file size, and time presentation. Brief in the bit of scripture to focus on, and if that means this journey through the pages of the bible take years, so be it.
The tools at hand I intend to use are ones that any seeker of what it all means might have at hand. Just a bible, a dictionary, and other texts to compare versions. I actually have some original language texts, and Strong’s Greek and Hebrew dictionary. The idea is to go minimalistically. If God reveals himself through his word, even if the words were written down centuries ago, and the events are both foreign and ancient, it should be evident enough to clearly understand.
I cringe at starting at the beginning, but why not? I don’t think I’ll stay here long, but here’s the reboot of my personal journey and thoughts about the message, and revelation that can be found in God’s word.
(My rough notes taken from the Hebrew language. I’m not a translator, consider these personal notes.)
Creation Out of Chaos
1 in beginning, created, elohyim,
eth, the heavens, and eth, the earth.
2 and the earth, was, waste, and empty, and darkness, on – face, the waters.
Who: Eloahyim (God)
Doing What: crating (heavens and earth)
formless (waste, laid waste),
dark (darkness(destruction, death, sorrow),
waters (abyss, seas, fluid, shapeless, disorder)
Consider this while absorbing the words in the following verses in the creation account. Envision yourself as an imaginary man standing on the place where the earth would soon be formed.
Existing outside of time, God created time. The box of time and space we live in was created in an instant, by a being with a past in eternity before time, and he’ll remain eternal after our box of time and space ends.
Using shapelessness, chaos, and disorder in darkness, he created a plan for order. Water is fluid and shapeless, but the beginning of matter gravitating together. God’s spirit hovered, overshadowed it, as his plan was formed.
Day 1 Light, Dark, and Creation by Divisions
3 and said elohyim,
and became, light.
4 and saw, elohim, eth – the light, for – good,
and divided, elohim, between, the light, between, the darkness.
5 and called, elohim, unto light, day, and darkness, he called, night,
and was – evening, and was – morning, day one.
Who: Elohyim (God)
Doing what: speaking, naming(called by name), dividing(separating, distinguishing)
Doing to What:
day(complete light/dark unit,
light part is day), light(happy, bright),
night(turning away from light), dark(sorrow, death),
morning(dawn, sun rise)
Created by words. Echoed in John 1:1, reveals the eternal nature, and place that Jesus has.
The created light is good, but not perfect. It has shadows,
God’s perfect light has no shadow from turning. Created light is good, not perfect. It’s absence creates shadows, and darkness. Dark exists as light is turned away.
A division is distinguished. Two extremes. Where light is, there is no dark. Where dark is, light hasn’t reached yet, or has been turned away. No gray, no in between. In an instant it’s morning and light. Darkness will return, but only once light has done its work to energize and brighten.
God names the light and dark. Later, naming rights went to man, which people still practice. Somethings are set in order as only the creator can do.
- A day is the light part of time.
- A day is the complete cycle of dark followed by a light period.
- A day can also be used in a span of time. As in the days of Moses, or the day of Jesus. Back in the day… etc.
Evening. the moment when light departs, and darkness begins growing. The first day, had its evening in eternity. The time where God’s forming plan to create began.
Morning. The instant when light breaks over the horizon, and darkness flees. The first morning bursting out of darkness at the creation of light. The final day, ending in an eternity with no evening or darkness.
At some point, a turning of light occurs, the coming of the night of the next day. The dormant, dark part where plans for the next day’s creation will burst forth.
PS: In my notes on original languages, I tend to avoid uppercase letters. Commas separate original language words, since often they use tenses, or attached prefixes, or suffixes that are better translated with multiple words. A dash means the original word was hyphenated. Parenthisis means an implied word that isn’t there, but either is needed to make the phrase flow better, or is implied from the tense of the word. I learn as I go, so variations could show up.